Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 07, 2010 12:00 ET

Youth in the Cariboo Region Encouraged to Explore Careers in Skilled Trades and Technology

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) - Local youth will have the opportunity to showcase their talents in the skilled trades and learn about career opportunities in the trades and technology sectors thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Mrs. Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mrs. McLeod. "Our government is proud to support activities like these ones that benefit youth, employers and the community."

A.R. Green Enterprises Ltd. will receive $21,437 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program to organize and promote the 2011 Cariboo Regional Skills Competition and the 2011 Techno Expo, which will help make careers in the skilled trades and technology sectors more visible and accessible to youth. 

"These events will give youth from the interior of the province the opportunity to participate in competitions that showcase their technical and leadership skills, and also raise their awareness of the fields of trades and technology," said Mr. Alan Green, President of A.R. Green Enterprises Ltd. "The funding and support from the Government of Canada, Skills Canada, Thompson Rivers University, local unions and trades associations will go a long way in ensuring a great experience for all the participants."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

Youth Awareness is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

The Youth Awareness program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program, visit, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

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Since 1978, A.R. Green Enterprises Ltd. has been providing instruction, curriculum development and consultation services in the area of technical trades. Between September 6, 2010, and March 31, 2011, the organization will partner with employers, educators and labour groups to coordinate and promote the Cariboo Regional Skills Competition and the Techno Expo on March 4, 2011. These activities will help reposition trade and technical occupations as a first choice career option for youth. It is expected that 100 youth will participate in the competition, while another 350 people will attend the expo.

The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office